Florida A&M University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Lee Hall at Florida A&M University
Lee Hall at Florida A&M University.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a public university with an acceptance rate of 39%. Applications are accepted year-round, and applicants can apply directly on the FAMU website.

Considering applying to Florida A&M? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including the average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why FAMU?

  • Location: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Campus Features: FAMU's 422-acre hilltop campus is defined by its red-brick buildings and Spanish moss-covered oak trees.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
  • Athletics: The FAMU Rattlers compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
  • Highlights: FAMU ranks among the top historically black colleges and universities. Undergraduates can choose from 54 bachelor's degree programs, with professional fields such as business, criminal justice, and allied health being extremely popular.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Florida A&M University had an acceptance rate of 39%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 39 students were admitted, making FAMU's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 8,976
Percent Admitted 39%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 38%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 72% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 590
Math 510 580
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of FAMU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Florida A&M scored between 530 and 590, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 590. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 580, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 580. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1170 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at FAMU.

Requirements

FAMU requires the SAT writing section. Note that Florida A&M participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all test dates. SAT Subject tests are not required for admission to Florida A&M.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Florida A&M University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 45% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 23
Math 17 23
Composite 19 23

This admissions data tells us that most of FAMU's admitted students fall within the top 55% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Florida A&M received a composite ACT score between 19 and 23, while 25% scored above 23 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

Florida A&M University requires the ACT writing section. Note that unlike many universities, FAMU superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming FAMU freshman was 3.4. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Florida A&M have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Florida A&M University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, one of the top historically black universities in the country, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Florida A&M has a holistic admissions process that involves factors beyond your grades and test scores. Strong application essays and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities. If you have taken time off between high school and college, the application provides space for listing employment, military service, or other activities you have been involved with since graduation. All applicants are given an opportunity to list clubs, organizations, community service work, special talents, awards, and work experiences. If you were highly involved in high school or after graduation, it is in your best interest to attach an additional sheet to the application to fully articulate your activities. Freshman applicants will also need to respond to two of three essay prompts on the following topics: a meaningful activity, interest, experience or achievement; your family history, culture, or environment; or, your unique qualities or characteristics that will make you a valuable member of the FAMU community.

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent admitted students. You can see that the great majority had a high school average of a 2.5 or higher. Nearly all admitted students had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 900 or higher, and an ACT composite of 16 or higher. GPAs reported by applicants above are unweighted, but FAMU will recalculate your high school grades to give extra weight to rigorous coursework including IB, Dual Enrollment, AP, and Honors classes. Note that FAMU requires freshman applicants to have a recalculated GPA of 2.85 or higher.